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February 19, 2009
â€“ Larry Goodman
Great Championship Wrestling report for February 19 at the Gr8 Sk8 Plex in Phenix City, Al from Matt Tew with 150 in attendance.
Three really good matches and the rest not so much.
Taylor McKnight opened the show informing the crowd that Princeton Gainey III was not there.
(1) Shaun Banks (with Quentin Michaels) beat Tex Monroe to retain the GCW Interstate Title in 17 minutes.
Equal pops coming out. The Interstate belt is badly cracked and looks like something out of a kid's toy box. Good match. Both guys hitting
their spots and a surprising amount of matwork. Michaels kept teasing interference but never got involved. Banks hit a great dropkick
before going for the top rope leg drop. Nobody home. When Monroe went for the Texas Toast (Sliced Bread #2), Banks tossed him over
the top. Back inside, Monroe went for a roll up and Banks pinned him using the ropes. So much for Monroe being unbeaten in 09.
(2) Kareem Abdul Jamar beat Ron Stalker (with Wicked Nemesis) in 7 minutes.
Nemesis and Michaels did a coin flip to determine who would manage Stalker in Gainey's absence. Nemesis was zero help. Even
steven for most of the match. Stalker got the momentum and appeared to be on the way to one of his few wins in GCW, when Jamar
caught his superkick and hit an RKO type maneuver. Average at best.
(3) Orion Bishop (with Wicked Nemesis) beat Scott Steele in the match of the night (17 minutes).
Huge pop for Bishop that outdid the one for Steele. Nemesis said he didn't know who Steele was, then turned around and said he heard
he was hard to beat. During the match Nemesis was joking about A.J. Steele. These two worked very well together. There were several
points where each looked invincible. Lots of really stiff suplexes and slams. Steele had Bishop up for a powerslam. Bishop slipped away
and sent Steele into the walking stick of Nemesis. Steele the got crushed by Bishop's spear. Finisher looked awesome. Some mind
boggling booking. They gave away a future main event with no build up, and it was way, way premature to beat Steele, a guy that was
being pushed as a superstar.
(4) Frankie Valentine beat Dany Only.
Only has a great ring entrance with the skull mask. Too bad he stunk up the joint inside the ring. Slow match with Only unable to keep up
the pace with Valentine. Valentine bled from the nose for the umteenth time. Valentine went to the Jericho playbook with a bulldog and a
Codebreaker for the pin. A very long 11 minutes.
(5) Rob Adonis (with JP Money) beat Bobby Moore in an awful 12 minutes.
Moore controlled a good portion of the match. He used a sleeper to ground Adonis. After Moore missed a top rope elbow, Adonis robbed
up and hit a fallaway slam. Moore came back with a DDT off the top but no pin attempt. Adonis won it with a spinebuster. This match did
nothing for Adonis.
(6) Southside Trash (with JP Money) vs. Merchants of Death (Orion Bishop & Murder One with Wicked Nemesis) ended as a double
DQ in 7 minutes.
SST charged the ring like Road Warriors out of the 80s. It was a four way brawl right away. Then Raunchy took over on Murder One. With
all four in the ring again, ref Donnie DeMarco called for the bell. The finish left the fans confused and pissed off because things weren't
that out of control to warrant a DQ.
Nemesis challenged Money to a one-on-one match next week with the tag team titles on the line. Money accepted.
After the intermission, McKnight announced Money vs. Nemesis without the titles up, thank God. Then it would be Merchants of Death vs.
SST vs. Hot Like Lava for the tag titles. Your guess is as good as mine as to why Hot Like Lava would be included based on what just
(7) Cru Jones (with Quentin Michaels) beat J-Rod to win the GCW Heavyweight Title in 26 minutes.
Pretty even match. Both guys were running their mouths. They each worked a body part - J-Rod on the arm of Jones, and Cru on the leg
of J-Rod. Quite the heavily booked finish. Jones reversed a whip sending J-Rod into DeMarco. With the ref down, J-Rod hit hit the knee to
the face that won the match last week for at least a 10 count. Banks hit the ring. J-Rod moved and Banks went flying over the top. Jones
caught J-Rod with a front face slam. Valentine hit the ring with a Codebreaker on Jones and put J-Rod on top. Jones kicked out at the last
split second. Meanwhile, Banks posted Valentine and grabbed J-Rod by the leg. Jones capitalized on the distraction with another front
face slam to win the title. Very good main event.